Following recent publications and arguments that the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has put up its slots for the representative seat in each district across the country for sale, another staunch member of the party, Atty. Kanio Bai Gbala, has resigned.
Until his resignation over the weekend, Atty. Gbala was the national chairman for press and public affairs.
Though his reasons for resigning were not comprehensively outlined in his letter addressed to CDC chairman Nathaniel McGill, Gbala said his decision emerged from “deep soul-searching, immense inner turmoil, and frank consultations” with members of his family.
“I am painfully constrained to indefinitely suspend my membership from the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change with immediate effect. This decision by extension also revokes my membership within the Coalition for Democratic Change and relinquishes me of my position as chairman on Press and Public Affairs of the Coalition,” he wrote in his letter dated April 17, addressed to McGill.
Although he did not say whether or not he will contest on any party’s ticket or as an independent candidate, Mr. Gbala told the CDC that he is not “a common fellow to joke with,” and as such, he will make his presence felt at the October polls.
“I visualize myself as a man of personal conviction, consistency, and honor and so this is probably one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my entire life. As October approaches, we are afforded another opportunity within the executive and legislative branches of government to reverse this negative narrative. I am 100 percent certain to be an active player within these processes especially in District #3 of Montserrado County, where I will contest as a representative candidate,” he said.
Gbala said he is deeply hurt that Liberia has witnessed some of the worst man-made and that the country is among the most destitute in the world, with people’s lives similar to that of the Middle Ages.
He pointed out that he has nothing to regret for quitting the party, including its coalition.
“Since the signaling of our decision to indefinitely part ways with the Mighty CDC, I have received calls and text messages expressing sorrow, seeking clarifications, and entreating me to stay. I assure our comrades, admirers, fellow partisans and foot soldiers that my move is not only necessary, but very timely,” he said.
Atty. Gbala’s letter, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, was also copied to CDC standard bearer George Weah, the vice standard bearer, Jewel Howard Taylor, secretary general, Janga Kowo, the party’s national executive committee and the USA branch.